New 32core ARM server specifically for bare-metal Linux-based development

August 20, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Codethink in Manchester, UK, has launched its first generation high-performance power-efficient ARM server aiming at bare metal Linux development.

The Baserock Slab server features eight energy-efficient quad-core ARM processors with high speed network fabric and local storage, with support for both mSATA and SATA drives, all in a half-depth 1U chassis. Baserock Slabs can be racked back-to-back to provide a processor density of 64 cores per U, up to 2432 cores in a full height rack with power distribution and switchgear. While the Baserock Slab was designed for building ARM-based embedded systems, they also serve as energy efficient and highly concentrated cloud or appliance servers.
“Like many ARM-based system developers, we understand the benefits of developing natively on ARM systems for ARM,” says Paul Sherwood, CEO of Codethink. “The Baserock Slab, developed with Cogent Computer Systems, Inc. is designed to maximise parallel horsepower - with high density, fast processors, fast switching and fast local storage."
The Baserock Slab server uses the Marvell ARMADA XP, the world’s first quad-core ARM processor designed for enterprise-class cloud computing applications, that drives higher CPU utilisation and offers demand-based scaling. The eight System on Modules (SoMs), designed and manufactured by Cogent, are linked together via a Marvell SDN-ready (software defined networking) high speed Ethernet switch."The Baserock Slab can be field upgraded to newer, faster processors as they come along, thanks to Cogent’s MXM-based SoM connector standard,” said Sherwood.
“Codethink and Cogent have collaborated to deliver a great multi-processor server integrated by a high performance and intelligent network fabric for SMP ARMv7-A clustered cloud servers,” said Ted Weatherford, Senior Director & Product Line Manager, Cloud Services and Infrastructure (CSI) Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor.
“Codethink brought great insight gained from years of experience with embedded ARM systems,” said Michael Kelly, Cogent Computer Systems VP Engineering/Marketing. “We co-designed a very flexible machine with our field-replaceable SoMs.” The carrier boards take advantage of the extensive engineering already in the Cogent-manufactured SoMs.
Baserock Slab ARM-based servers will ship in the coming weeks.
The eight quad-core ARMv7-A compatible CPUs